Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Janis Joplin: Me and Bobby McGee (1970)

Freedom

Me and Bobby McGee, sung by Janis Joplin [1943–1970] in her unmistakable and undeniable way. The song was written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster in 1969; it is the second track on side two of the album, Pearl (1971). Without question, this simple song means something to me, having first heard it as an adolescent when it came on the airwaves in 1971. How does one live? Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose. To be truly free is to be out of bondage, without chains of any kind. It is in the ideal, to be beholden to no man, at least not for any material goods. Silly youthful idealism? Perhaps. Or not at all. Many have lost their way. It is true that I was a young “old soul.” Now I am an old “old soul” living with the same unanswered questions, still searching for the essence of justice and peace, a strong unmet desire for the “living water.” Soul is about the spirit, the opposite of materialism, which finds a way to invade and suffuse every living space, often invited in under the most friendly terms, including, sadly, many houses of worship. It is not a surprise that this song brings to mind the Sermon on the Mount, when Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:3). 
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